Bulldogs reach 20 wins, take series against Blazers

Kyle Hasler drove in three Saturday in LA Tech’s 6-0 win over UAB. (Photo by ELISE BORDLEE)

Staff Writer

Louisiana Tech continued its winning ways this past weekend, taking three out of four games from visiting Alabama-Birmingham for the Diamond ‘Dogs’ second straight C-USA series victory.

In doing so, the nationally-ranked Bulldogs (20-7, 6-2 C-USA) reached their 20th win of the season. They have won 12 of their last 14 games and sit atop the West Division after two conference weekends.

“I don’t ever want to put too much stock into one series, but this was big,” said head coach Lane Burroughs. “Winning a series now with needing three games is hard to do.

“We jumped all over UAB on Thursday night, but they came back and played really well on Friday. I thought Kyle Hasler came up with a big at-bat for us Saturday to drive in the first two runs to get us on the board. Proud of our guys for getting three wins for a second straight weekend. If you go 3-1 every weekend, you probably win the league.”

The three wins came in three different forms at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

The first one was a shellacking as LA Tech unleashed four home runs and 15 base hits to run-rule UAB by a score of 16-1 in seven innings in the series opener on Thursday night. Jonathan Fincher improved to 5-0 on the mound with a complete game performance.

The second win was of the comeback variety in game one of the Friday doubleheader. Down 3-1 going into the bottom of the fifth (of a seven-inning game), The ‘Dogs erupted for a five-run inning, ignited by Manny Garcia who delivered a three-run homer with two outs to give the home team the advantage.

The two-out magic continued as Adarius Myers extended the home team’s lead with a two-RBI single. Kyle Griffen came out of the bullpen and pitched the final 2.2 innings to secure the 6-4 victory.

UAB (10-16, 3-5 C-USA) used an eight-run fourth inning in game two of the doubleheader to grab its lone victory of the weekend.

That is because the Bulldogs’ third win was a shutout, downing the Blazers by a final score of 6-0 in the Saturday matinee. It marked the sixth shutout of the season for LA Tech.

Doing the shutting out was Jarret Whorff who went seven innings, allowing just six scattered hits. Landon Tomkins and Kyle Crigger each logged an inning in relief to help blank UAB.

As for the offense, LA Tech scored in five of their eight innings. The scoring got started in the second inning when Kyle Hasler recorded two of his three RBIs with a single to center field.

The Bulldogs will return to the diamond on Friday to open a four-game series at Rice in Houston.

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